European IT analyst firm Bloor Research has determined that more than 50 percent of all projects involving data migration run into one of two serious problems: Either they run over schedule or they exceed the original budget allocations. These challenges are also experienced by American companies, which recognize that data migration is an onerous but necessary task in a world where operating systems and file formats can change with unnerving frequency.
Data migration is therefore best done as part of a managed programs approach to IT services. The staff that visit your premises as part of a managed programs model will be highly qualified to assist you with a data migration. The effort will proceed most smoothly if onsite employees work in cooperation with the managed programs team in three key ways.
Company employees should identify the data to be migrated and inform managed programs staff of its location in the system, the format it currently exists in, as well as the format it will need to have after the migration has been completed.
Data migration works better when the data set is free of serious problems. This means that data cleaning and de-duplication should be performed in advance of the actual migration.
A data migration is only as good as the results it produces. Test the migrated data in robust ways so that any problems can be identified and solved at the right time: the outset.